Climate Action

Climate change is the gradual global increase in temperature that impacts various elements of the climate differently depending on where you live. This change is caused by the increase in various gases , referred to as greenhouse gases, being released into the atmosphere, primarily carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels such as oil, gasoline, natural gas, coal, etc.

The impacts from climate change expected in Brantford include increased extreme rain events, increased hot days and hot nights and longer heat waves that could result in more vector-borne disease (such as Lyme) and poorer air quality as well as more winter precipitation and shorter and warmer winter seasons. These impacts are already happening and will continue to increase for the next century. For additional information of the expected climate impacts to Brantford due to climate change, please visit Climate Data’s Brantford page.

Collectively as a community, and as individuals, we need to focus on reducing our carbon emissions and move toward a carbon neutral future by 2050. This means reducing our emissions as much as possible, and putting in place means of absorbing carbon (such as trees) to offset those emissions that cannot be eliminated otherwise.

Climate Emergency declared

In 2019, the City of Brantford Council declared a Climate Emergency  stating that Canada has disproportionately contributed to the climate and ecological crises, and that emergency mobilization on an unprecedented scale will be required. Furthermore, the City agrees, in principle, to becoming a net-zero carbon community by 2050.

The City is in the process of preparing a comprehensive Climate Change Action Plan to mitigate the contribution to climate change in our community by reducing greenhouse gas emissions at both the corporate and community levels.

Brantford’s Climate Change Action Plan

The City of Brantford is a member of the Partners for Climate Protection which is a program from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and ICLEI to support municipalities with their work toward climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts. Brantford joined this network in 1996 and is working toward completing the five milestones that are part of the program for preparing a climate change mitigation plan that focuses on reducing emissions. Outlined below is the City’s Climate Change Action Plan development and implementation timeline.

Climate Action Plan Timeline
Milestone Action Status
One Complete a baseline emissions inventory Complete
Two Prepare a Climate Change Action Plan Report
Three Set emission reduction targets Anticipated in 2020
Four Implement Climate Change Action Plan Anticipated in 2020
Five Ongoing monitoring and review 2021 onward

What you can do now

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and to celebrate, the City’s Climate Action Team is presenting a different environmental topic every month of 2020 to create awareness and offer suggestion on ways you can take action NOW to help reduce the impact of climate change. Click on this month to learn more about how you can get involved.

January
Paper Reduction Month
February
Preparing your Home for Climate Change
March
Healthy Planet, Healthy Kids
April
50th Anniversary of Earth Day
May
Healthy Aging Month
June
Bike Month
July
Explore the Outdoors Month
August
Local Food Month
September
Green Culture Days
October
Waste Reduction Month
November
Shop Local Month
December
Energy Conservation Month

Please feel free to reach out with your comments, suggestions and ideas anytime to ClimateAction@brantford.ca or 519-759-4150.